The Galaxy S7 is the best phone you can buy (check our best smartphone chart) so we're even more excited to see what Samsung has up its sleeve with the Galaxy S8 and potentially (but probably not) Galaxy S8 edge. Here we take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, UK price, specs and new features via rumours and our expert analysis. See: Best new phones coming in 2016.

Latest rumour: With Google about to launch its dedicated Daydream VR headset, the stage is set for VR to be the next big thing in smartphones. Samsung is rumoured to be including the ARM Mali-G71 GPU, which is one of the most powerful graphics chips on the market. Paired with a rumoured 4K screen leads many to think it has VR firmly in mind.

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date UK: When is the Galaxy S8 coming out?

Samsung Galaxy S8 UK release date: 26 February 2017 (TBC)

There are no leaks or such like to report a supposed release date for the Galaxy S8 but it's fairly easy to predict when the new flagship phone will arrive. First, take a look at when all the previous Galaxy S phones were launched.

•    Galaxy S – March 2010
•    Galaxy S2 – February 2011
•    Galaxy S3 – May 2012
•    Galaxy S4 – March 2013
•    Galaxy S5 – February 2014
•    Galaxy S6 – March 2015
•    Galaxy S7 – February 2016

As you can see, Samsung favours the months of February and March to launch the new flagship Galaxy S phone for that year. They are typically released on sale in the shops to buy around 2-4 weeks afterwards.

Samsung has this launch rhythm because of MWC (Mobile World Congress) which is the phone and tablet focused tech show on the calendar. Samsung's Unpacked press conference is where the new devices are announced each year.

So, unless Samsung decides to change its tradition, we can predict with some certainty that the Galaxy S8 will be announced at MWC 2017 which runs from 27 February to 2 March. Our money is on 26 February which is the day before the show starts. Also see: Best Samsung phones 2016: What is the difference between Galaxy Note, Galaxy S, Galaxy A and Galaxy J?

Samsung Galaxy S8 models: Will there be a Galaxy S8 edge or Plus?

Rather than questioning whether or not there will be an S8 edge, perhaps what we should really be asking is whether there will be a standard Galaxy S8. Ever since Samsung unveiled just the one version of the Note 7 with a dual-edge screen we've had an inkling that this is its plan for all its flagships: a dual-edge screen as standard. However, this is not the only difference between the standard and edge models, since the edge is also larger. Could we be about to see a Samsung Galaxy S8 and a Galaxy S8 Plus? We think so.

Our theory was backed up by a report in the Korean Herald, which says Samsung has hinted at removing the standard flat-screen version and replacing it with the edge model. Now that decision appears to have been finalised, and a new report from the Korean Herald says the company is sourcing 5.1- and 5.5in dual-edge screens. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

“Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen),” said Koh Dong-jin, the head of the tech giant’s mobile business.

Previously, Korean media had reported that Samsung is planning a whopping five flagship phones for 2017 including a foldable Galaxy X. This group is likely to include at least one Galaxy Note phone so it seems that two or three will be Galaxy S8 phones. Will we see the return of the Galaxy S8 mini?

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Samsung Galaxy S8 code names and code numbers: Dream (SM-G950), Dream2 (SM-G955)

Sammobile has reported that there will be two codenames for the Galaxy S8: Dream and Dream2, with the code numbers SM-G950 and SMG955. We were expecting the code numbers to be SM-G940 and SM-G945 following the S7 and S7 edge, which were SM-G930 and SM-G935, but Sammobile says that it hasn't is down to Tetrophobia.

"Tetraphobia - the practice of associating the number 4 with bad luck - is a thing in South Korea. The number 4 is usually skipped in the country’s hospitals and public buildings while in some buildings the 4th floor is denoted by the alphabet F instead of the number 4. Samsung has done this in the past as well when it assigned model number GT-I9300 to the Galaxy S3 but GT-I9500 to the Galaxy S4," it reports.

Samsung Galaxy S8 UK price rumours

It's no surprise that there are no rumours surrounding the price of the Galaxy S8 yet, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate. See: Best Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge deals

When the Galaxy S6 launched it cost a whopping £599 and even though the Galaxy S7 is an improvement and a worthy upgrade, it came out at a cheaper price of £569. Now, Samsung could drop the price again for the Galaxy S8 but we think this unlikely considering some of the rumours specs (see below). In fact, we'd be a bit surprised if the price didn't go back up.

Our estimation is that the Galaxy S8 price will fall between £550 and £600 for the entry-level model.

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